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Welcome to the Liberal Learning for Life newsletter! Our theme this month is Science and the Liberal Arts. We explore how the liberal arts and sciences illuminate each other.

Next month, we will explore Patriotism and Politics.

On the Power of Music Video


SCIENCE, MODELS AND TRUTH

One of the most fundamental connections between the sciences and the liberal arts is their common pursuit of the truth. How do scientists understand what they know? In this video, Professor of Physics Richard Olenick, Ph.D., describes scientists as makers of models that “are not reality, but represent reality.”


Dr. Olenick’s presentation is taken from the forthcoming video-based course "The Person: Action and Influence," part of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture Program.


WONDER, CHEMISTRY
AND
BUILDING HOUSES

In this episode of the Liberal Learning for Life Podcast, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jonathan Dannatt, Ph.D., discusses the role of wonder in scientific research, the importance of writing and reading for success in the sciences, and the curious relationship between building a house and the discipline of chemistry.



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MATHEMATICS AND CLASSICAL EDUCATION

What place should the study of mathematics have in a classical education? In this article, Founding Director of the Arts of Liberty Project Jeffrey Lehman, MA '00 PhD '02, explains how classical educators, following Socrates’ famous allegory of the cave, can initiate students into a “mathematical means of ascent.”


This article is taken from the journal of the Arts of Liberty Project, which educates students, teachers and lifelong learners in the purpose and power of the liberal arts and liberal education.

      Upcoming Events     


VIRTUAL ENCORE

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 12 p.m. for a virtual EnCore lecture by Assistant Professor of Theology Irene Alexander, Ph.D., on “The Response of Love: John Paul II and Postmodernism.” The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Alexander, led by Affiliate Assistant Professor of English Shannon Valenzuela, Ph.D.


COWAN ARCHIVE SEMINAR SERIES

This series of weekly seminars meets every other Thursday from 6-8 p.m. through Oct. 15 on Zoom. Through the teachings of Louise Cowan, the series explores the deep structure and interconnections between the classic genres of literature. The theme for the Fall 2020 series is "The Great Polyphony: Black, Hispanic and Anglo Imaginations in the Americas." Authors to be studied include Herman Melville, Robert Hayden, Machado de Assis, Octavio Paz, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison.



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